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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG - 6/06/2006 - With the goal of helping to make UCM a nationally recognized institution, University of Missouri-Rolla administrator Y.T. Shah has accepted the job as provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Appointment Follows Nationwide Search
Dr. Y. T. Shah
Shah, whose appointment completes a nationwide search, plans to begin work at UCM Sept. 1. He joined UMR in 2001 as provost, and in 2004 became provost and executive vice chancellor.
"Dr. Shah brings an impressive research and technology background to this extremely important position," said UCM President Aaron Podolefsky. "In addition, he has had outstanding experience in Missouri higher education and at universities such as Clemson and Drexel. We look forward to having him on our leadership team."
Shah said he is excited about the opportunity to join UCM and work with Podolefsky to accomplish their goals. In Rolla, he has provided academic affairs leadership at the state’s premier engineering institution.
"What attracted me (to UCM) is the fact that it is a more comprehensive university. I was also attracted to the president's vision and where he wants to take the institution," Shah said.
Making UCM a National University a Priority
He stressed his agenda at UCM is "to make it a national university." That means recruiting faculty and students nationally, supporting scholarly endeavors of the faculty, and taking advantage of entrepreneurial opportunities that not only support the university mission, but provide new sources of revenue. The latter is particularly important considering the decline of state funding for Missouri higher education.
"I think that challenge is going to always be there. We need to take control of our own destiny," Shah remarked.
His many accomplishments at UMR include improved recruitment and retention of students, including minorities; establishment of numerous new academic degree programs; doubling gross revenues for distance education and sponsored research; and creating a new School of Management and Information Systems. He also helped establish the statewide Missouri Transportation Institute that works with the Missouri Department of Transportation to address transportation and safety issues.
Career in Higher Education
Prior to beginning work at UMR, Shah was the chief research officer at Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 1997-2001; distinguished professor and dean of the College of Engineering at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 1991-1997; and chair of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA, 1979-1987. He also taught in that department from 1969 to 1979, where he climbed the ranks from assistant to full professor.
Shah has served as an engineering and research consultant for numerous industries over the past 40 years. He has lectured by invitation before groups across the globe, and his scholarly works have appeared in more than 200 refereed journal research publications.
His education includes a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, and master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Shah and his wife, Mary, have three grown sons.